iPhone go-slow, suggested solutions

Some iPhone users suspect that Apple software updates slow down devices, in effect tempting consumers to upgrade. BUT if you plan to bypass an iOS update, remember that even if it slows your phone down, it will (very importantly) fix bugs and maintain security for you. Thank you to Kate Priest for sourcing these suggested solutions for us.

POWER UP
Fitting a new battery to an iPhone 6, 6s, SE or 7 should remove the slowdown Apple imposes on older batteries. Go to an Apple store or try a phone shop.

INSTALL AN APP
Apps such as System Status give real-time data on battery, memory and processor usage.

PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES
Limit the apps and services running in the background. Go to Settings, iTune & App Store, and turn off all Automatic Downloads. Then hit Settings, General, and turn off Background App Refresh.

SNAIL MAIL
Set the phone to check email less often. Go to Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then tap Fetch New Data.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Go to Settings, Privacy, Location Services, and ensure that only those apps that really need access to your phone’s GPS sensor have it.

DE-BLING YOUR DISPLAY
You don’t need all Apple’s zooming icons and visual effects. Go to Settings, General , Accessibility. Set Reduce Motion and Reduce Transparency to on.

DUSTING THE WEB
Clear out your web history. Go to Settings, Safari, and tap Clear History and Website Data. Beware that this will also forget your often-used websites.

SILENCE IS GOLDEN
If you rarely use Siri, turn it off in Settings, General. Voice recognition uses battery and processing power.

THE NUCLEAR OPTION
Back up your data to the cloud (or a computer) and do a factory reset.

[Adapted from an article by Mark Harris in the UK Sunday Times Magazine]

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